After reviewing the Sony XV900 and being pleasantly surprised, I was excited to explore the Sony XV800, which has seen some significant changes. Overall, I find the XV800 to be a compelling option for those seeking mellower bass from a box speaker. However, I still have some reservations about it. Read our Sony XV800 Review.
In terms of pricing, the XV800 is currently listed at $, and it’s reasonable to anticipate regular sales from Sony, given their typical pricing strategy. It’s important to note that the XV800 isn’t a replacement for the XV700, as the latter is still available. In summary, while the XV800 is an improvement over the XV700, I still have some criticisms.
|DRIVERS:||6 (2X 6.75-inch woofers, 3X 2.375-inch tweeters, 2X 1.625-inch tweeters)|
|CONNECTIONS:||Type A USB, 3.5mm stereo analog audio in, optical-digital, Mic1 jack, Mic2/Guitar jack)|
|DIMENSIONS||(W x H x D) 1 x 2.4 x 1.2′ / 317 x 720 x 375 mm|
|WEIGHT||40.8 lb / 18.5 kg|
Let’s delve into the design of the XV800. In terms of size, it’s similar to the XV700 but appears slimmer and sleeker. Like many of Sony’s other box speakers, the XV800 has a predominantly plastic body, which can be prone to scratches when transporting the speaker. It also features a metal grille on the front, but it’s relatively easy to dent. The speaker weighs 40 pounds, and Sony has added wheels to ease transportation. However, the wheels may not perform well on rough asphalt.
While more rugged wheels would be appreciated, the speaker does come with several carrying handles. Similar to other box speakers, the XV800 has an IPX4 rating, making it resistant to rain or spilled drinks as long as the port panel on the back is covered. Notably, the XV800 now has capacitive buttons on top that light up, making it easier to control media in low-light conditions. One drawback is the absence of a speaker stand mount on the bottom, unlike some other speakers.
Regarding the speaker’s light feature, the XV800 features Sony’s typical light bar on top and another below. This feature is best enjoyed at night or indoors, as it may impact battery life when used extensively. Regrettably, the XV800 lacks floor lights like the larger XV900. Battery life on the speaker is advertised at 25 hours with 30-volume playback, the Mega Bass feature on, and the light feature off. Real-world usage at 65 volume with the Mega Bass and light features on yields around 10 hours of playback time, which is quite respectable. Using the speaker at maximum volume provides approximately 3.5 hours of playback. Activating Stamina mode (with Mega Bass and light features off) can extend the battery life, but it may result in a flat sound.
In terms of connectivity, the speaker can pair with two devices simultaneously. Latency isn’t an issue, and it supports SBC, AAC, and Sony’s proprietary LDAC codec (for Android users). LDAC can consume more battery. The XV800 includes an audio jack for wired connections, but it lacks an audio out jack. Notably, it features an optical port and comes with its own optical cable, adding versatility. The speaker also offers two quarter-inch inputs for microphones or guitars, but it lacks microphone sound adjustment.
Sound quality is a strong suit of the XV800. It has a more balanced sound signature than the XV700, with clear mids and a smoother bass. While the bass isn’t as intense as some other speakers, it provides a good listening experience. You can still adjust the EQ, but the stock Mega Bass setting is well-tuned. When used at maximum volume, it’s suitable for a 20-person party, and using it while plugged in boosts performance.
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Pairing the XV800 with other speakers is possible through Sony’s Party Connect feature. You can wirelessly pair two XV800s or mix them with other Party Connect speakers for synchronized playback. Sony’s Party Connect can be occasionally tricky to set up, but it’s a flexible and accommodating feature.
In conclusion, the Sony XV800 represents an improvement in sound quality and balance compared to the XV700. It offers good battery life, an optical port, and the flexibility of Party Connect. While some design aspects could be enhanced, it’s a solid choice, especially for those seeking a mellower bass experience. You can find product links below, and supporting the channel through merchandise is also appreciated.
Sony’s party speaker impresses with its sound quality and features but its wheels and handle make it difficult to move around.
- Works upright and on its side
- Omnidirectional sound
- 25 hour battery life
- Light show & karaoke
- Charge other devices using its battery
- Poorly designed wheels and handle
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